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Grateful Dead Live at Berkeley Community Theater on 1972-08-24

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Grateful Dead Live at Berkeley Community Theater on 1972-08-24

Topics Live concert

Promised Land, Sugaree, Jack Straw, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Me & My Uncle, Bird Song, Beat It On Down The Line, Tennessee Jed, Playin' In The Band, Casey Jones Mississippi Half Step, Mexicali Blues, Brown Eyed Women, Truckin', Dark Star-> Morning Dew, Sugar Magnolia, Sing Me Back Home, One More Saturday Night, E: Uncle John's Band

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Berkeley Community Theater
Location Berkeley, CA

Source Soundboard
Lineage SBD>Rm>Dat(48k) with missing songs patched from SBD>Rm>Cass>Cass>Cass>Dat>Samplitude>SHN


SBD>Rm>Dat(48k) with missing songs patched from SBD>Rm>Cass>Cass>Cass>Dat>Samplitude>SHN via Charlie Miller


Reviewer: DoctorMaceio - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 20, 2017
Subject: download show
Reviewer: acorus - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 19, 2017
Subject: these berkeley shows are better than veneta!!!!
these berkeley shows leading up to veneta have been unfortunately overlooked and swept under the carpet, but Archive has the proof in the pudding that indeed these are better played shows than veneta for the most part. exhibit A would be the dark star(s), which are uniformly not as monumentally dark as veneta, and imho are thus better dark stars in these shows from the 21 to the 25th. the level of dosage was much greater in veneta by the band and the audience, and the heat alone was crazy, but. i love veneta because of the astute visual spectacle courtesy of ken and company(sunshine daydream dvd!!!!!), and the ace recording by bear, and the presence of all those pranksters, mr kesey rip...however the cohesiveness and playing is actually better in Berkeley. enjoy yrselves with open minds because hardly anybody has even heard these shows in comparison to veneta!
Reviewer: c-freedom - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 26, 2016
Subject: She sang a little while,,, then flew off
First Set is very good especially Bird Song and P.I.T.B.
Good to hear Donna say something from the stage.
Her part in this 1/2 step is not usually where she sings.
The 2nd set is very hot. Listening without headphones and I am pretty sure the dog was smiling during Truckin'
Dark Star>Dew ----- IT DOESN'T MATTER ANYWAY!!!
I like hearing Ramble on Rose and Greatest Story so late in the show.
I find Donna's contribution to the later to be gritty!
UJB is a sweet encore,,, surprised they didn't do that in the encore slot more often in the later years,,,
Always good to hear Phil singing harmonies.
Reviewer: mifraidin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 31, 2016
Subject: An unassuming all-timer
The playing is impeccable and the set list -- specifically the sequencing of songs -- is pure genius artistry.
Reviewer: Far-I - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 12, 2015
Subject: Donna's announcement
First off fantastic show. Loved it from start to finish. Excellent Tennessee Jed.
Donna has shares her opinion on her being a vocalist in the band as Bobby says "Get a load of this" referring to the impending screeching she does in the upcoming PITB.
Reviewer: doug_the_dude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 25, 2013
Subject: --
Awesome night at home base; They really will rip your face off with that Playin' - I mean, :::woah, nellie:::

Dark Star > Morning Dew is the centerpiece of the 2nd set, and the former goes through a multitude of jams; they take this one pretty far out there....Sugar Magnolia will absolutely rock your socks off.

Prototype amazingness for this year. Only caveat is Sing Me Back Home, which has some sound/channel problems and such.
Reviewer: njpg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 8, 2013
Subject: -
Right out of the gate, this show is top-notch. Recording very well-balanced for a SBD as well: not too much vocals, which is the usual problem, and the band is singing well.

Phil especially is in top form: his boopity-booping in Sugaree is hilariously artistic. This is one of those shows where I'm listening to Phil way more than Jerry.

However, some of the jammier songs are not played very imaginatively and for some reason it sounds like the band are not leaving a lot of space for each other so that it's too dense for exploration. Still, this doesn't stop the Dark Star from being a work of genius, as with the spectacular Morning Dew.

It isn't 1975 yet, so Donna hasn't learned how to not be annoying at this stage. She straight up ruins Greatest Story and greatly roughens the preferably smooth waters of Sing Me Back Home.
Reviewer: chris phillips - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 5, 2013
Subject: ratings post-Pig
rschwz: With DJ absent, would you give 5 stars for 9/27/72? Can't see otherwise.

This show features a beautiful Dark Star. No need for explanation. China Cat>Rider, Beat It, Greatest and Uncle John's are other highlights. Jerry is on AND Bob sounds great too 8/24.
8/21-9/28 is magnificent, generally speaking.
Reviewer: rschwz28 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 11, 2011
Subject: where's Ron?
More than the presence of DJ, the absence of Pigpen means this show can't get five stars!
Reviewer: Grateful-Joe - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 21, 2011
Subject: excellent
Love this show. Why is the Ramble On and Greatest Story not shown on the setlist at and I just checked the copy I have of this show and they are on it, as well.
Reviewer: gratedude69 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 25, 2010
Subject: one of the best around
this show is just outstanding from start to finish, excellent set list all played excellently

as for the dark star, super intense super energy gets pretty wild at parts in there then settles nicely into the dew, one of the best things ever

uncle john encore is awesome as well!
Reviewer: TheManMulcahey - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 25, 2010
Subject: For myself.
Decided to do a Grateful Dead Hour for myself. So I came to archive and searched for shows on this day in history. It wasn't my intention initially, but it seems as if I will be GDH'ing the rest of the week, as from the reviews, this was an epic week back in 1972.

I have given this recording a 4/5, only because I feel that Jean's vocals are a little loud which pretty much drown out everyone else when she's singing. She does sound sincere when Bobby introduces her though. :)
Reviewer: BIG_R - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 2, 2010
Subject: 8-24-72
August '72 saw the Grateful Dead make a lot of magic and this show is no exception. Through in an incredible remaster by C Miller and your ears will think they died and went to the good place.
Reviewer: oh_uh_um_ah - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 21, 2009
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live On Stage" August 24, 1972 at the Berkeley Community Theater, Berkeley, CA, U.S.A.


I highly recommend adding this show to your 1972 GRATEFUL DEAD collection.

Get all the GRATEFUL DEAD shows at the Berkeley Theater, August 21, 22, 24 & 25, 1972.

5 stars for the mix
5 stars for the recording
5 stars for the performance
5 stars for Charlie Miller

Get it while you can, get it while it's free, get it now or you'll be sorry.

Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.

Thanks for the love from 1972.
Reviewer: Stargazin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 24, 2008
Subject: Incredible Show
one of the best.... the entire Berkeley run is totally amazing. Thank you Charlie Miller for everything you do!
Reviewer: NYLifer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 24, 2008
Subject: I love you a bushel and a peck
Listen at the very end of BIODTL for Keith picking out this little ditty from Guys And Dolls just before Jed starts.
Reviewer: lemon lime partridge - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 18, 2007
Subject: so far from home...
1972! i so rarely make it out this far...
this is an amazing and beautiful show, this china cat is beautiful, everything is beautiful, from what i have heard of 8.27 this certainly measures up...
all of these august 72 shows just have the most beautiful spacey jams. this dark star is huge!
overall i might prefer 8.22 just for the ridiculous playin in the band & other one, but this playin in the band is pretty incredible as well...and there's just nothing like a dark star.
Reviewer: pnc - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 11, 2007
Subject: beautiful
this show really is magnificent. it would be difficult to argue that 8/27 is any BETTER than this one (even though that one has a certain something...even in the recording itself).

the dark star is the shizzle...and the dew which follows is no slouch either.
if anything deserves 5 stars...
Reviewer: slickwil - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 24, 2007
Subject: Another stellar '72 performance
often overshadowed by 8/27; but you'd be a fool to pass this one up.

simply heed jerry's advice and 'listen to the whistle of the acid train!'

oh, and listen to the good Dr. too.
Reviewer: rollandfin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 18, 2006
Subject: great DS>DEW
yep, darkstar to dew is fine, I think both the 24th and 21st are superior to the 27th, Sure the Sing Me Back Home is well done as is the dark star, but these two dates levitate well beyond.

email me at happy to share
Reviewer: Bluebird3434 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 7, 2005
Subject: Dark Star
Their is a "Dark Star" song, but this is the "DARK STAR" !!!! If i need to explain then u really don't need to listen this - but I still love ya
Reviewer: jimkrum - favoritefavoritefavorite - June 22, 2005
Subject: rippin'
Ridiculous 1st set. sound quality is ok.
Reviewer: Dstone5553 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 27, 2005
Subject: Magic
The Dstar is long and lusty and everything you hope a dstar can be. And then the magic comes, the incantation of something that haunted me greatly as a boy and still does the form of the transition into Dew. i don't know who's playing strings (cello) but the boys let him lead the way, with phil close behind... and it's just impossible to describe the beauty that arises as the they slither into the Dew, which of course is a monster. Extraordinary.
Reviewer: skwimite - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 4, 2005
Subject: What a trip
These Berkeley shows they played after coming back from Europe seemed "note perfect" at the time. I suppose that notion doesn't necessarily hold up, but I still love these shows. I think the 24th is the best of the bunch, and I refuse to invoke 8/27/72 for comparison. It's in a class by itself. I'd give this one 4 stars for general consumption. Where is the NRPS SBD from this night? One of the few Death and Destructions they ever played, and no, it's NOT Down By The River!
Reviewer: socal - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 16, 2004
Subject: Old gem
Probably often overlooked due to the show up in Oregon a few days after - which is a mistake. I used to have the old tape and this DL brings it all back again.

They are in peak form, nailing everything they play. It deserves 5 stars, but, again, it sits in an unenviable position: just a few days before the most significant show in GD history. (Veneta deserves 9 out of 5.)

Def. worth a listen. Enjoy!
Reviewer: dr. flashback - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 10, 2004
Subject: Top Ten!
Well I have loved 8/21 for a long time, but after hearing this show, it replaces it for my top 10. The 3rd of 4 nights in Berkeley where they are on a roll and climbing a musical peak that will summit on 8/27 at Veneta, OR. The first set is typical for late 72, with the welcome addition of Bird Song since Jerry brought it back a few weeks earlier. Playin is long and spacy. Jerry kicks off the second set with a rollicking Half Step - this is a good sign, no? The Dark Star>Morning Dew combo is near perfect, much like the 9/21 versions. Not as dissonant,more jazzy.The band really pours on the intensity. And Uncle John for the encore!! If you like 8/21, get this one folks.
A nice sound as well.
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